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Apr 23, 2010 2:58pm EDT
will support and defend the constitution and laws of the united states of america against all enemies foreign and domestic, that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that i will bear arms on behalf of the united states when required by law, that i will perform non-combat service in the armed forces of the united states when required by law, that i will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by law, that i take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me god. congratulations, new citizens. [applause] . it takes a very special individual to serve and defend a nation that is not yet fully your own. that is what each of you are doing, and that his testimony to your strong sense of patriotism. our nation thanks you for your service. we owe the freedoms we enjoy to the sacrifices of men and women like you. since september 11, 2001, the united states citizenship and immigration services as naturalized over 58,000 members of our armed services. since last year we have offered non citizen enlistees the oppor
CSPAN
Apr 15, 2010 10:00am EDT
that any america first. to my independent brother from florida, right on, man. we need to get rid of these two parties. they need to be put out of office. we need to bring into a third party, and not fall for this tea party garbage, either. these two big parties do it every time they are not in office. we tried to be the independent, liberals, conservatives buddies. they're not our friends. they are our enemies that keep oppressing us. host: that will be the last voice this morning. in the stern, who for many years has been the president of the -- he has announced he will leave that position. on a personal side, he is turning 60. the personal aspect is much involved in his decision to leave. that is it for our thursday morning. we go to the house of representatives for today's live coverage. gues. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, reverend clyde miles, lighthouse reform church, howard, pennsylvania. the chaplain: o lord, who call this nation into being, to the lives and sacrifice of those whose hearts are state upon you. they conduct the wo
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2010 10:00am EDT
that is a foot in america today, judges who feel they have that power i believe of use the constitution, disrespect the constitution and if it is too deeply held it can actually disqualified them from sitting on the bench. i would note that prof. goodwin liu understands, i think, the importance of judicial philosophy in the confirmation policy when he opposed justice roberts'confirmation, issuing a statement that it is fair and essential to ask how a nominee, judge roberts, would interpret the constitution and its basic value. americans deserve real answers to this question and it should be a sensible focus of the confirmation process. he concluded that his disagreement was so severe that he advocated him not being confirmed in the senate. he testified in this committee to very aggressively oppose the confirmation of justice of the bill. madam chairman, we have a number of issues we want to talk about. i want to give the nominee a chance to respond fairly to the concerns of his failure to produce certain documents and records and so forth. he is entitled to that. i do believe that he di
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2010 1:00pm EDT
're going to continue to focus on bringing jobs back to america and to our people. i yield back. mr. cantor: i thank the gentleman. madam speaker, i would say this. always the gentleman likes to talk about the prior administration, and i would just like to point out that during the prior administration, the last two years of that, his party was in control of congress and certainly if we look at the numbers, did contribute to some of the problem that -- mr. hoyer: would the gentleman yield on that issue? mr. cantor: i'm not ready to yield yet, madam speaker. i would say there's plenty of blame to go around. but what we're trying to do is learn from mistakes that have taken place and go forward in a constructive manner. it's my sense that this nation is at a crossroads. we have serious challenges facing this country and last thursday was congress' deadline for passing a budget. and it is my strong belief that we must act and the gentleman indicates that we are going to act, but because of the critical nature of the challenges that we face, madam speaker, i believe that we've got three reasons
CSPAN
Apr 14, 2010 5:00pm EDT
, look those in new york's 21st district, including my own family, to the president's family, america stands next to poland in mourning. the solidarity of the polish people in their grief is an inspiration to us all. my thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost someone. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: the obama administration has steadfastly refused to contest the tariff of $2.4 billion levied by mexico because congress terminated the cross-border trucking program due to serious safety concerns. there is no drug testing in mexico. there are no hours of service requirements in mexico. there are no meaningful commercial driver's licenses issued in mexico to know what the record of these drivers are. congress overwhelmingly voted to terminate that program. but it's rumored the next month when the president of mexico comes, the obama administration will open the border to mexican trucks. jeopardizing the
CSPAN
Apr 9, 2010 1:00pm EDT
states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. and if you will now remain standing, it is my delight as a mother to introduce you to a young woman will be singing the national anthem. ♪ >>oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there. o say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? ♪ [applause] great. ladies and gentlemen, that was fantastic. can we have another round of applause? [applause] >> this is a great honor for me. i am new to the stage in national politics. but i would like to say that this is the opportunity of a lifetime, because i believe the event that we are all at today is the first event on the path to taking back the congress of the
CSPAN
Apr 26, 2010 5:00pm EDT
to washington, march 2 washington and sign up for the army, navy, marines. america is not free. guest: i think you raise an important point about the e- verify program. arizona it is one of the few states require a individuals to participate in this. we are opposing this kind of program to push it nationally. in the end, there are a lot of programs out there that are conditioning robust worksite and foresman, which amnesty. what we are saying is, this is the wrong approach. to some extent, they are taking me the obama administration is painting themselves into a dangerous corner by saying we are going to take the interest of illegal aliens at a hard- working families who need enforcement. if they were serious about a pathway to citizenship, they would be talking about a far more comparable to a set of measures. they would be talking about curtailing future migration of extended family relatives. meaningful reforms that have been recommended by every commission in the last 30 years to start burning some credibility into the system. instead, because of the legislation they are talking about at t
CSPAN
Apr 29, 2010 10:00am EDT
. kosmas: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida rise? ms. kosmas: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kosmas: it is my distinct honor and privilege to recognize on the floor of the united states house of representatives dr. pamela carbonier for her extensive community spirit and volunteerism. she has dedicated her life's work to helping those in need with a particular focus on women and children. she's the co-founder and member of the community outreach to prevent eating disorders, medical supervisor for victims of assault, medical supervisor for the rape crisis county and board and coalition member for healthy start. she also serves as the chair of daytona state college women's advocacy board. she practices at halifax ob-gyn associate
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2010 10:00am EDT
of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 10 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so approved. mr. defazio: well, all america has heard about too big to fail and they're still pretty angry about that in the bailout of wall street. now there is a new deal with lexicon thanks to goldman sachs and that is designed to fail for profit. goldman sachs worked with a hedge fund manager who put together a collateralize debt obligation that he hand picked because he thought they would fail. goldman got a fee for putting them together, goldman sold him insurance or bets against him and then goldman sold to unknowing investors those same securities as great investments. we are thankful that the securities and exchange commission is back on the beat after a long nap under the bush administration and chris
CSPAN
Apr 21, 2010 1:00pm EDT
called america's attention to the fact that it was not living out the reality of its promise. not just to african-americans, but to all americans. dorothy height showed extraordinary courage and conviction in the face of bigotry and discrimination and like so many in this body who faced bigotry and discrimination, they did not allow that to poison their soul. they did not allow that to diminish their relationship even with those who they saw as oppressors. to that extent, the above the conduct directed at them, to change that conduct by love and positive encombagement. dorothy height is a perfect example -- engagement. dorothy height is a perfect example. young and old participating in this society which unfortunately too often we see today falls into anger and competition rather than civility and discussion. i'm wore owed about the anger that i see in -- i'm worried about the anger that i see in society today. in some respects not justified at the level that we find it. yes, there's room for disagreement. but dorothy height shows us that notwithstanding the fact that there may be disa
CSPAN
Apr 13, 2010 5:00pm EDT
of the challenges we face internationally can't be solved by one nation alone, but i do think that america's leadership is important in order to get issues on the international agenda and to move in concert with other countries to have an effective response. there are a host of other issues obviously that have to be addressed. and one of the points that was made during this summit is we're talking here about the instruments of potential war or terrorism, but obviously, there are also the reasons, the rags nal, excuses for conflict that have to be addressed as well. i remain committed to being a partner with countries around the world and in particular, hot spots around the world, to see if we can reduce those tensions and resolve those conflicts. and the middle east would be a prime example. i think that the need for peace between israelis and palestinians in the arab states remains as critical as ever. it is a very hard thing to do. and i know that even if we are applying all of our political capital to that issue, the israeli people, through their government, and the palestinian people t
CSPAN
Apr 14, 2010 1:00pm EDT
a principal chief of the second largest indian tribe in america, first woman to do so and arguably the best leader that the tribe has had since moving to oklahoma from tennessee. she tripled the number of cherokees, she doubled tribal employment. she added dozens of programs in nutrition, social services, education, cultural awareness and, frankly, she made the cherokee nation more than it was, a force to be reckoned with. not only in northeast oklahoma, not only within the lives of its citizens, but quite frankly in indian country and in american politics. she was recognized for extraordinary achievements over her lifetime. honorary degrees, boards and foundations and, of course, again as my colleague and friend, mr. boren, said, the highest civilian award that any indian can receive, the medal of freedom. i newmanman very well. she led a life based on principles. the first one was just absolute personal integrity. one of the most honest and honorable people i ever met in my life. the second was humility. she was the most approachable person that you would ever want to know. a total lack o
CSPAN
Apr 26, 2010 12:00pm EDT
to private. that is about 70% of small businesses in america. it will be interesting to see how robust that small business tax credit is. obviously, this is a category of folks that are prevalent on a daily, real basis. -- struggling on a daily, real basis. we tried to highlight areas of concern. we did not get to everything, we could not, in the 30-page document. for the immediate regulatory issues that need to be held this year, you have heard it before. this grandfather plan is huge. right now and employers are frozen in their benefit designs, cost sharing responsibilities, deductibles, so they're absolutely needs to be clarity. in addition, medical loss ratio will need to be defined. ali, they are very broadly defined. my personal hope, view here, fraud and abuse programs, programs to prevent that, care programs, should be defined as medical care benefits. if they are considered outside of your benefit dollars, it would hurt you. if you do not reach 80% in the small market, you have to start paying rebates to consumers in 2011. one thing that we have not talked about, within 90 day
CSPAN
Apr 21, 2010 10:00am EDT
of america. the chaplain: almighty god, we seek your grace and wisdom in our lives and in our leaders that they may serve your people with truth and justice. remember your faithful servants, the armenian people, who have lived with the memory of the genocide of 1 1/2 million of their nation. we pray that such barbariety may never inflict upon any of your creatures. we give thanks for the blessings that you have bestowed upon the remnants of the armenian people who were given new life in the united states of america. we thank you for helping us from the depths of despair into this land of liberty. bless america, the country of greatness and goodness. renew the values of our american heritage so that america will remain the country of truth, freedom, justice and peace. we stand before you and ask this in your name and for your glory. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlema
CSPAN
Apr 21, 2010 5:00pm EDT
. israel has weathered decades of war and terrorism, but it remains a thriving democracy and america's closest friend and ally in the middle east. as a very young child, i remember the immense pride and joy my family felt when the jewish state became a reality. i had the privilege of traveling once again to israel earlier this month, and again i was struck by the resilience, the courage and innovation of the israeli people as well as their pride and the beautifully lush country they have built in the desert. i thought about my childhood again and the number of times that i had safe my nickels and dimes to buy trees and tree certificates that we used for birthdays and anniversaries to plant trees in israel and to turn that desert and make it bloom. no longer -- israel today is a leader in technology and energy and scientific innovation, including medical innovations. it is also the only democratic state in the middle east, and our steadfast friend and ally and partner. today, we mark the 62nd anniversary of the state of israel and celebrate the unbreakable bond between our two countri
CSPAN
Apr 7, 2010 10:00am EDT
-span, created for you as a public service by america's cable companies. next, a conference on the future of innovation resources. at 11:00 eastern, first lady michelle obama sets down with c- span studentcam winner in honolulu. falling back, two former administrators of the national highway tracy -- national highway safety administration discusses safety standards. last month, the economist magazine held a conference on the future of innovation. scholars talk about how it bought innovation can conserve resources. this is one hour. >> talking about the rights and challenges of the 21st century, all of which i will we may gloat -- we may go toward a global collapse. that is no longer possible. another thing new is global feelings on resources, resources such as energy, water, seafood, photosynthesis which are under pressure around the world. the third thing new under the sun is that it is now impossible to maintain inequality around the world in per-capita consumption rates. that is something i will talk about more. finally, new under the sun is that we at last have a time limit. all these
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2010 1:00pm EDT
of the responsibilities that falls to all of us as a americas and inhabitants' of this same small planet. that is irresponsibility that we are rising to meet today. thank you for their outstanding work you are doing individually. i look forward to the work you will be doing collectively and advising this and their -- this administration. thank you. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. [applause] . . honorable donna f. edwards to act as speakser pro temp on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain. the chaplain: let us pray. heavenly father we give you thanks this day. we proclaim praise the lord all you nations floorify him all you peoples. for steadfast this is kindness toward us and the fidelity of the lord endures forever. we ask your continued blessing on us as we seek to do your will. be our strength in time of trial. protect those who risk their lives to keep us free lord and keep us always grateful for their sacrifice. bless the women a
CSPAN
Apr 28, 2010 5:00pm EDT
, actually as we heard just a few weeks ago about 47% of the lowest income earners in america pay almost no tax. i think -- no income tax. they do pay significant employment taxes, social security and medicare. in fact, every american worker pays 7.5% combined social security and employment tax. income tax will vary from -- i think the average federal income tax, even people making $40,000 to $50,000 was in the 3% or 4% range, which is still three or four times what goldman sachs was paying and of course once you get to the higher levels, the federal income tax rate is somewhere -- i think the average american making more than $250,000 a year pays an average of 23%. that's just somebody making $250,000, $300,000 a year, not the billions and billions of dollars that goldman sachs has made, they pay 23% on average more than goldman sachs paid. ms. speier: thank you. i now recognize my good friend from the state of oregon, peter defazio. mr. defazio: i think the american people are a bit confused as to what's really going on here. and it's, you know, a lot like the humphrey bow gart movie,
CSPAN
Apr 1, 2010 1:00pm EDT
our way at of this crisis. we have to earn our way out. we have to put america back to work again. his approach is addressing that. >> last week, i announced some additional -- additional targets steps. they will give added boost to small business by building on the tax cuts in the recovery act and increasing access to the lungs desperately -- loans desperately needed for small businesses to grow. i called for the extension of emergency relief like unemployment insurance and health benefits to help those who have lost their jobs while boosting consumer spending and promoting job growth. we also want to take some strategic surgical steps in areas that are going to generate the greatest number of jobs while generating the greatest value for our economy. for the moment we took office, -- from the moment we took office, we began investing in a newer, stronger foundations for lasting growth. when that would free us from the cycle of boom and bust that has been so painful. one that can create good jobs and opportunities for a growing middle class. that is at the heart of our effort. [applaus
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2010 10:00am EDT
with us as we meet the current challenges for equality in america. for more than 50 years, the civil rights division has been charged with protecting americans against discrimination throughout our society. the vision is our nation's -- the division is our nation's moral compass. it is the unfinished business of the nation and there is much work to be done. whether in employment, education, housing, voting, personal liberties, the civil rights division must take action and not stay on the sidelines against those who violate our law. they have a proud tradition of fighting to enforce anti- discriminationç laws in the ars of voting rights, civil rights, housing, elections, and he crimes. during the last administration, the division had an alarming lack of civil rights enforcement and a multitude of politicization. so much that their own offices began independent investigations of the political appointees at the department of justice. more evidence of corruption and lack of enforcement came to the surface. between 2001 and 2006, they failed to file any cases on çbehalf of error -- o
CSPAN
Apr 30, 2010 10:00am EDT
want to maximize america's prosperity. our failure to act is perpetuating a broken system that discourages the world's best and brightest to come here and contribute to our economy. we will attract the world's best and brightest to america because our framework will award a green card to immigrants to get a ph.d. or master's degree in science and technology, engineering, or math from american university. finally, the american people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation. our framework says, if you've been working hard, kept your nose clean and be productive, you'll be able to get right with the law if you come forward, register with the government come to admit you are here illegally, pay the taxes you owe, and pass background checks bridge are framework creates a way to let people live upright lives after paying the penalties for illegal action. in conclusion, immigration reform is a morally complex and politically explosive challenge. there is no more important and difficult task than defining the american community and determining h
CSPAN
Apr 7, 2010 5:00pm EDT
, and yet, without restraint, there is something else. are america's teenagers really being consumed by alcohol? >> it is by far and away the top abuse by american teenagers. >> you can see the entire documentary and all of the winning videos any time. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> next, we will hear from business and political leaders at an event hosted by the women's national republican club. it is two hours. >> data banks. a famous name already -- david banks. if you brought your talking points, leave them. i am a tough moderator. our viewers and our audience and the american community at large, we ask that you change your way of thinking to a very simple few words. i will be factual. i will be honest. and i will use my first amendment god-given right to free speech and a proper manner. that is what it starts with. [applause] so let's get to it. on my left, my good friend marc lamont hill. he works at columbia university. thank you for coming, marc. janks morton, whose films have awakened many to
CSPAN
Apr 8, 2010 5:00pm EDT
mainstream -- the tea party reflecting mainstream discontent in america. there are folks trying to figure out how to use two-party energy going toward the midterm elections this november -- tea party energy going toward the major elections this november. some were looking for sarah palin to be the leader because they don't currently have a leader right now. others were saying dick armey. but what we are seeing is it is really a grass-roots movement. and again, the concerns are across-the-board and across political as well as racial lines. when you ask americans about the tea party itself, you find that it is about 25% who say that they disapprove, about 30% who say they approve, but most americans do not have an opinion or have not even heard about the tea party. that itself is not the issue. i think it is picking up on this anxiety about the direction of the country is going in with regard to the economy and politics. praise comes into it only in this regard -- race comes into it only in this regard, that when you look at health care, polling comes from older, white americans who are worried
CSPAN
Apr 14, 2010 10:00am EDT
that brought these 50 states together to form this great united states of america. allow it to fall fresh among this great governing body as they make decisions affecting over 300 million americans. father, at this time we join our hearts, minds and spirits for our fellow miners in west virginia who have suffered a great loss in the midst of tragedy. out of the depths of our pressing need, praying that i will draw near onto us during this dark hour of time in jesus name, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from alabama, mr. griffith. mr. griffith: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from west virginia, congressman rahall, is recognized for one minute. mr. rahall: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, it
CSPAN
Apr 28, 2010 10:00am EDT
to join us in the pledge to our country. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman's time has expired rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, as i watched yesterday's senate investigation subcommittee hearing, it was not just the greedy, irresponsible and likely illegal actions of some of goldman sachs' more dubious employees that was at the center of the attention. in fact, the useless and dangerous financial instruments known as synthetic collateralized debt obligations shared the spotlight as well. one of goldman's hot shot young stars who sold these investments to goldman's cli
CSPAN
Apr 30, 2010 1:00pm EDT
america more than any other thing. thank god for you. you are doing a wonderful job and i hope the rest of the nation mirrors what you are doing in arizona. guest: i thank you. and that is the voice of america. in arizona, 3-321 for the law. in the rest of -- 3-1 for the law. and the rest of america, 2-1 for the law. host: next telephone call, buffalo, this is phillip, good morning. caller: can you hear me? host: yes. caller: this country is in dire straits. thank you for much of the work you are doing, but until november rolls around and then 2012, we have got to get different people in office. we cannot have people who are holding power -- not just obama, but everybody that is in theire. i cannot understand where the democrats are because they are driving our country into socialism just like they are in europe and we will go down the same tubes. they believe that and that is exactly what they are doing. immigration, they want this course. and i believe this immigration deal throughout the country now is going to be the trigger for mr. obama to declare martial law. guest: i will tell y
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2010 5:00pm EDT
. it seems the problem we had in america is the profit center has moved from our farms, land, communities, to wall street, where it is one big casino. the people willing and dealing are doing so in the dark and we have a government that is on whether to regulate -- and women to regulate. where has the sec been for the last 10 years? is this new bill really going to regulate derivatives, or is it that the service? guest: depending on the form that it is passed in, will put oversight on derivatives. the sec specifically card, any kind of derivatives through the modernization act in 2000. in that respect, they could only look for fraud. that is how the market was able to trade with abandon. this legislation would force derivatives through a clearing house that would require banks to have more and more margins set aside, have more cash on hand, so that they did not create the run that it did when they are called. there is discussion now on how big these loopholes are for these swap dealers. depending on that, people might say, it did not go far enough, but there will be oversight that never e
CSPAN
Apr 27, 2010 10:00am EDT
,253 days ago, 1,253 days ago an agreement was signed between the united states of america and the government of colombia. to open up the market so that we could see jobs created for workers at caterpillar, john deere, whirlpool, other industries right here in the united states. 1,253 days since that measure has been signed. and in that same period of time , we have seen $2,700,000,000 tariffs imposed on products made by workers going to colombia. madam speaker, if we want to create good private sector jobs, we need to unleash the potential, reducing the constraints that have been imposed on u.s. workers. 211 years ago this month the author of the u.s. constitution became a member of congress, james madison. and representative madison on april 9 of 1789 stood in the house of representatives and said the following, he said, i own myself to be a friend of a free system of commerce and hold it as truth that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic. madison went on to say, madam speaker, that this is more true than the wisdom of the most enlightened l
CSPAN
Apr 8, 2010 10:00am EDT
] the president of the united states of america barack obama. and the president of the russian federation, dmitri medvedev, are signing the treaty between the united states of america and the russian federation on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms and the protocol to it. [no audio] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [applause] [applause] [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. i am honored to be back in the czech republic with president medvedev and r chour czech host for this treaty. happy to be back in the beautiful city of prague. the czech republic is a close friend and ally of the united states. i have great admiration and affection for the czech people. their bond with the american people are deep and enduring. they have made great contributions to the united states over many decades, including in my hometown in chicago. i want to thank the president and all those involved in helping to host this extraordinary event. i want to thank my friend and partner dmitri medvedev. without his
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2010 1:00pm EDT
. when i walked into the white house on that very first day, america was embroiled in a series of crises the likes of which we hadn't seen in some time. abroad we were confronting a war in iraq that needed to come to a responsible end. a war in afghanistan that demanded greater focus. a new world of threats and new dangers. at home we were facing a financial crisis that just about every credible economist said had the potential to plunge us into another great depression. and economic crisis that was producing stagnant wages, falling incomes, and shaken middle class. and a deficit crisis that was saddling our children with a mountain of debt. that's what we inherited when we the chair: in. while we still got a -- when we came in. while we still got a long road ahead of us, while too many neighbors are still struggling, especially here in california, these are challenges barbara and i are working to solve together. we are beginning to signs of progress all across america, adding jobs instead of losing them. spending -- people spending again. orders rising again. an economy that's growing i
CSPAN
Apr 27, 2010 1:00pm EDT
in small businesses and rebuilding america's infrastructure. small businesses are the engine of job creation in this country and will be the birthplace of our economic recovery. that's why we are working to partner with small businesses to help them grow and to expand. they can hire more workers. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. 7 >> thank you, mr. speaker, when the health care bill was moving through congress i repeatedly made the argument that the legislation was flawed because it failed to fundamentally address the problem with our current health care system. rising costs. mr. paulsen: guess what? a new analysis just put out by the center for medicare and medicaid services confirms that disturbing fact. according to c.m.s. the new health care law will actually increase our nation's health care costs rather than decrease them. here's some of the staggering numbe
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Apr 29, 2010 5:00pm EDT
talk about puerto rico, a territory of the united states of america. what mr. pierluisi seeks to do, what his governor wants to do, what 2/3 of his legislation wants to do is to give them the opportunity to exercise that self-determination. now, we've adopted an amendment on this floor for which many spoke that we ought to give four alternatives rather than three. we've done that. there will be four alternatives for the people of puerto rico on the second ballot. let us now defeat this amendment designed only to defeat this bill. hawaii was not made to do this. alaska, as the gentleman from alaska, don young, was not made to do this, as he said on the floor. and we did not ask that to occur in any one of the captive nations that we spoke up on. ronald reagan did not ask for that. let us not ask for it. let us give an honest up or down vote to the people of puerto rico who for 112 years have perceived themselves as a colony. now, there are some who want statehood, some who want independence and sovereign status, there are some who want commonwealth. there are some who want this relat
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Apr 12, 2010 5:00pm EDT
majority, yet we have so many different denominations. we talk about america being christian. are we talking about episcopalian christianity, obama christianity, reverend falwell's christianity? there are so many ways of interpreting religion. once religion becomes the state, let's say tomorrow we say we are a christian nation and christianity is what we will all do, then religion itself is confiscated. when you said that, people in power in iran and apologists would call you western. to say that religion should be the verse was an insult to islam -- to say that religion should be diverse was an insult to islam. iran and women, iran and then, iranian clerics -- iranian women, men, and clerics from the beginning of the last century have been fighting against an absolutist monarchy and religion. iran was the first in the region to have a constitutional revolution. the same forces that you see in the streets of tehran today are the great, great, grandchildren of those forces who came out into the streets of tehran and other places in iran 100 years ago. they created a constitutional rev
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Apr 13, 2010 1:00pm EDT
themselves from basic protections that consumers rely on and you had the united states of america come into the worst financial crisis since the great depression. ben bernanke said larger financial stock and had basically no tools to unwind, to fail to put into bankruptcy large institution. the consumer is faced with the choice to let the system collapse or put hundreds of billions of taxpayer money at risk, completely untenable to say this is a system we can live with. and that recognition is going to drive us to a necessary, essential, very well designed sweeping set of reforms. and the work you have all done to bring a spotlight to the choices we face in this debate, particularly on the consumer, so far has been very helpful. if you listen carefully, the debate is no longer are we going to have serious consumer protection. people aren't willing to contest that, partly because of the work you have done. the debate is about a much more complicated but equally important issue which is how to design a system where you are going to constrain risk taking, prevent crises from spreading and
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Apr 19, 2010 12:00pm EDT
, 2008, the failure of lehman brothers. after inflation of median income in america was $2,000 a year lower that was when i left office, 90% of the gains of last decade went to only 10% of us, 43% to 1% of us. that is profoundly disorienting. more and more people working harder for less. now, we have the highest of percentage of americans to have been at work than we have for decades. this is disorienting. . whether you feel oriented walking through the day, how to feel secure in the face of insecurity, how to feel border in the face of chaos. i am not defending specific behavior. i am just telling you that is what is going on. there is enormous psychological disorientation today, and that is what there was in the early 1990's. we must not forget that when that happens, we have to pay special care both to have a raging debate, because we need to figure out what to do about this, and to do it in a way that nurtures the best in us, not the worst. the second lesson we have to learn is that we cannot let the debate deteriorated so far into hatred that we lose sight of our common humanity.
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Apr 27, 2010 5:00pm EDT
as the cornerstone, or one of the cornerstones of america's economic future. i think that is an accurate description. h.res. 1208 supports the goals of world intellectual property day, which falls on april 26 every year, which this year also happened to fall on the 40th anniversary of the world intellectual property organization. commonly known as wipo. wipo has grown to 184 member states and its new director general issued a statement honoring world intellectual property day, which pledged to ensure that the intellectual property system continues to serve its most fundamental purpose of encouraging innovation and creativity that the benefits of the system are accessible to all, helping to bring the world closer. robust and effective laws combine with effective enforcement are absolutely necessary to meet the general's global ambitions. according to the department of commerce, intellectual property -intensive industries employ nearly 18 million workers, account for nearly 50% of all u.s. exports, and represent 40% of the country's grolte in the united states. -- of the country's growth in the united
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Apr 29, 2010 1:00pm EDT
states of america. and i can say the same about his predecessor who is now has moved on to becoming governor. the only question that i have since i have a friend of puerto rico for 39 years, not just legislatively but in my heart i have felt the unfairness it is to call people citizens and yet to have acknowledge that when it comes to health care, education, jobs the only time that you can really know that puerto ricans are treated as americans are treated is when they are drafted or when they volunteer to serve this great country of ours and when it ends up, you will find, per capita, more people have died and wounded defending our flag from puerto rico than any state or any territory. so it just seems to me that something has to be done. it is so truly unfair to respect our flag and respect our citizens and to tell them that they can fight a war but they can't even vote for the president. and quite frankly, as far as the status is concerned, it has hurt me as an american that this has consumed the island. and for the first time in a couple of months i have heard about free associa
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Apr 15, 2010 5:00pm EDT
are having the prescription for america rally and the purpose of the rally is to demonstrate that there is widespread support among the people of oklahoma to pass health care reform, including a robust public option. it's really important for us to rally today, because quite obviously, our state representatives have no interest in passing health care reform, so we're trying to generate public support for the option and possibly influence our representatives in washington. >> health care for all -- even republicans. health care for all. even republicans. >> i think partisanship is a strength for america. it just has happened in a democracy where we have two parties. and the partisanship keeps the party that's not in power questioning, challenging the decisions of those that are in power. >> partisanship probably is affected by where you live. oklahoma is a very red state, a very conservative state. i think probably new york, california would be considered very liberal states. so i believe regions affect it. and i think it's probably historical in some places. >> tv has become
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Apr 8, 2010 1:00pm EDT
are watching c-span, created for you as a service by america's cable companies. next, a role that progresses play in the obama administration and at 3:30 eastern, just as ruth bader ginsburg talks about women and the supreme court and later live coverage begins of the southern gop leadership conference. will he remarkedli fromzs from y -- we will hear a remarkli scrubberz cheney and others. book-tv coverage starts later tonight. one book looks at the 2008 presidential election. after that, a princeton university professor on how caucasians are perceived world. widde. and then the former secretary of education talks about why she feels too much testing has destroyed the american school system. book-tv prime time, tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. eastern. tomorrow, the financial crisis inquiry commission continues tomorrow with former fannie mae executives. the u.s. government took over fannie mae and freddie mac in 2008. the committee focuses on subprime mortgages and the role of citigroup. that begins at 9:00 a.m. eastern, on c-span 2. this weekend on c-span 2's book- tv, npr and correspondamo
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Apr 28, 2010 1:00pm EDT
to successfully compete against larger firms. when we put all of america's ingenuity to work, it benefits our military, our taxpayers and our communities. i urge a yes vote on my amendment and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. andrews: i yield back the balance of time in opposition, urge a yes vote. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from wisconsin. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 7 printed in house report 111-467. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? mr. murphy: mr. chairman, have -- i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 7 printed in house report 111-467 offered by mr. murphy of connecticut. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 1300, the gentleman from connecticut, mr. murphy, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman
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Apr 15, 2010 1:00pm EDT
because we need to reinvigorate oursselves. we need to pledge of allegiance to america and take it back for the benefit of our children. i would like to say a sincere thank you to the local tea party express, the organizations, the individuals, everybody. grass fire, resist net, the western pact, tea party express tv. sarah palin. this is so grassroots if i read off every name i would read 100 million people easily. let's say it sea tame time. are you ready? i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> that's how you take it back. take our country back. >> thank you all for coming. we will be at the 11:00 a.m. freed plaza with fair tax nation. we'd love to join us there. 11:00 a.m. at freedom plaza. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] >> and we'll take you live back to the house gaveling back in with votes including the rule vote on the estuary vote. de novo. the first electronic v
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Apr 23, 2010 10:00am EDT
lose our credibility, the united states of america has lost one of the keys to its success. what we're doing here is incredibly important if we're going to maintain the credibility of our u.s. market. thank you, mr. chairman. >> to it, senator kauffman. let welcome the first panel of witnesses. frank raiter, forming -- former managing director at standard & poor, richard michalek, former vice president and senior credit officer for the structured derivatives products group at moody's, a former team at managing director of the structured derivatives products group, and dr. arturo, a former moody's senior vice president and current director of the finance center at the university of santiago chile. frank raiter, i understand that you are here under subpoena. i appreciate you being here, whether a subpoena was issued or not. we look forward to your testimony. all witnesses who testified before this subcommittee are required to be sworn. at this time, i would ask all of you to stand and raise your right hand. do you swear that the testimony you're about to give will be the truth, the wh
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Apr 1, 2010 10:00am EDT
about russia and america moving towards ratification but some kind of future vision, one thing you talked about were some things that american could do that would be helpful but i thought there was a need, on the other hand, for russia itself to take some vision with that perhaps with the signing of a tree or some more calls for both either together or initiating a vision of where you want to go in productions and for the relationship itself. what could russia to do that would both help the ratification here to provide that vision and make the russian elite see it as a positive? >> request and, let's take the one in the back. >> my question is somewhat parallel. as usual, your statement was important of and perceptive. i had the feeling that if you have given that statement before the u.s. armed services committee or foreign relations committee that would not have helped ratification on the american side if. you were asked to testify in washington for ratification, not on the basis of what the obama administration will argue but in terms of what would you would argue is in the in
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Apr 13, 2010 10:00am EDT
distinctive characteristics, institutions that could be culture. >> you could argue that one of america's biggest assets in the global innovation game is, in fact, culture, that we have a culture that is still relatively forgiving of failure and encourages the wild eyed dreamer in their garage to make something new happen. there are very few places in the world where that culture is deeply rooted. you might find it in tel aviv and just a few other places. the fact that there are dozens of countries now trying to pursue national innovation agenda presents us with a really delicious situation, because in a way, every one of them is an experiment about how to make use of indigenous assets which typically don't include a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and risk taking and how to round out those sides with other kinds of strategies. we are seeing in a way a whole set of sots societal level experiments about how to make large scale renovation a reality. >> i look at all the technology as tools that allow you to mine for the differences. so one time i'm setting up a fund in singapor
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Apr 7, 2010 1:00pm EDT
's to understand that they're all about preventing the number one cause of death in america between the ages of 3 and 34 years of age. i happen to share the same bias. the leadership of an agency inculcates the staff to stay vote -- to save lives, not to address consumer problems with cars and things that break -- it changes the culture and it changes coming to work every day. >> may i make a point? we actually had the engineers and our staff, thus to trauma centers and spend an evening there. -- and our staff come with us to trauma centers in spend an evening there. i never really saw that. i saw trying to do good your neighbors and your friends, so i saw the most dedicated people i met with my time at nhtsa. he asked for an office with a window, so we painted a window on his cubicle. >> i am not sure either one of you can answer this tweet, but does toyota still use a mechanical cable to connect the gear shift to the transmission, or is the shifter 100% electronic? >> it is a good question. the electric vehicle can put it in the sport mode and can change, you did see a lot of move toward electr
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Apr 9, 2010 10:00am EDT
actions -- to stimulate this goal. is contrary to america's real needs. as far as the undesired ability of nuclear disarmament, without strong responsible nuclear weapons states to maintain order, we would exist in a world of frequent nuclear detonations by aggressors, wrote stat rogue fanatics, proxy organizations, terrorists, criminals, even this affected individuals -- even disaffected individuals. devaluing american weapons. this also is highly counterproductive. nuclear weapons have repeatedly demonstrated their immense value to the world. they brought an end to the most destructive war in history, in the process saving a million lives. for a half century there after, they prevented a much more devastating war. also, nuclear weapons or a huge factor in preventing proliferation. even today, the presence of nuclear weapons in some hands is acting as a damper in their use by others. also by their very presence, nuclear weapons have banished large-scale conflicts. for generations to come, nuclear weapons in the hands of responsible states are the only hope for the world. nuclear weapon
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Apr 12, 2010 12:00pm EDT
is not a bad thing. but they also identify with the united states of america and doing the right thing in bringing together the full capabilities of all forces to accomplish whatever mission it is. i think we're better, but we are not -- the intelligence community has not yet achieved what the department of defense has achieved. it is most in the isolation of our community. we do not live in the other person's spaces and have a constant direction. >> i am going to have to cut the questions. thank you all for your time. [applause] >> thank you very much. there is a light snack outside if anybody is hungry. then we will get swiftly to the dni's speech in the next few minutes. thank you very much. >> a quick story on the nuclear security summit from national public radio website. president obama and top officials from 47 countries began an unprecedented global summit here in washington today to forge a plan to halt the spread of nuclear weapons and keep them out of the hands of terrorists. the meeting is the largest gathering of world leaders hosted by a u.s. president since the 1945 san
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Apr 19, 2010 5:00pm EDT
that provide the opportunity america is known for. we did not take the action lightly of moving forward. we want to make sure the bad decisions on wall street never again be to the kind of disastrous economic results that occurred on main street. we are committed to making sure the taxpayers are never ever again put on the books for massive bailout, such as the bush administration paid out in the fall of 2008, and the early weeks of 2009. wall street and our republican friends are entitled to their own opinions. they seem to have them in great abundance around here, but no one is entitled to their own set of facts. i will allow senator warner to talk specifically about the economic issues. our bill and it too big to fail. bailouts and forever. management is fired. shareholders lose. creditors lose. there is a liquidation of assets. there is no room whatsoever -- senator one and others worked for weeks in developing this legislation. never before have consumers received the kind of attention within the financial services area that they deserve. our bill provides that independent consumer pro
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Apr 20, 2010 5:00pm EDT
of the united christian youth movement of north america, she worked to desegregate the armed forces, prevent lynching, reform the criminal justice system and establish free access to public accusations -- accommodations. at a time when racial segregation was standard and resistance to integration was often very fierce, dr. height forever remained true to her convictions, even when it was not the comfortable thing to do. a life long advocate for peace, equality and justice, dr. height was especially committed to empowering women and girls. she stood toe to toe with the great male civil rights giants of our time. steadfast in her dedication to ensure that black women's needs were addressed. she was forever dedicated to helping women achieve full and equal employment, pay and education. dr. height was instrumental in establishing a multicultural wednesday in mississippi. this was a program to assist freedom schools and voter registration drives. she knew that the fight for racial justice and for women's equality go hands in hand. as -- hand in hand. dr. height led the ncnw in helping women and
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